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restriction: 3 years
salary: EG 13 TV-L
beginning: as soon as possible

The Department of Mathematics and Natural Science, in Institute for Physics, Fundamentals of Energy Materials offers a job position for a

Ph.D. student (f/m/d)

The department of Fundamentals of Energy Materials is one of the leading groups in the preparation and analysis of semiconductor interfaces and in the development of materials structures for highly efficient solar energy conversion. The position is part of our work, in which semiconductor heterostructures are prepared (by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition) for direct photoelectrochemical conversion of sunlight into hydrogen from water reduction or gas / liquid fuels from carbon dioxide reduction. Research will focus on characterizing the interfaces in multi-junction device structures, and on understanding charge carrier dynamics. To this end, we offer a unique, cutting-edge experimental infrastructure that includes growth (epitaxy), in situ spectroscopy, and in vacuo surface science techniques (such as STM, FTIR, LEED, and UPS/XPS) located in a high-end cleanroom environment. We offer an international group and team spirit. The department is a member of the cross-faculty Institute of Micro- and Nanotechnologies offering further sophisticated analytics equipment and expertise. The funding will support participation at national and international conferences, as well as the opportunity to establish connections with other world-leading research groups with which we are currently collaborating.

Your tasks

Independent and team-oriented development of basic and application-oriented research, within one or more of the following research areas:

  • Physics and chemistry of solid-solid and solid- liquid interfaces.
  • Preparation and epitaxial growth of semiconductor materials.
  • Surface and interfacial analysis with XPS, UPS, FTIR, LEED, STM.
  • Ex situ analysis of materials such as SEM, AFM, HR-XRD.
  • Optical in situ spectroscopy


The applicant should:

  • hold a suitable scientific degree in a natural science program with documented above-average performance,
  • have very good knowledge in semiconductor physics, chemistry, epitaxy, optical spectroscopy or interfacial analysis, material characterization, and
  • show a strong interest and commitment in research, good teamwork and experimental skills
Besides its excellent campus, Ilmenau is a small, vivid, and affordable student city. Located in the virtual center of Germany with a direct connection to the city of Erfurt, it is surrounded by the beautiful nature of the “Thüringer Wald”, famous for outdoor activities.

What we offer you:

From individual advancement with a wide range of continuing education opportunities to a variety of health and recreational offerings, you can expect an appreciative working environment at a renowned university at TU-Ilmenau. In addition to an attractive, familyfriendly working hours model, you will also benefit from advantages such as the use of the dining halls of the Studierendenwerk Thüringen, as well as participation in the various attractive sports offerings of the University Sports Center.

The university stands in the fields of technology, mathematics and natural sciences, business and media for teaching and research at the highest level. She attaches particular importance to innovative teaching and interdisciplinarity. She identifies with Humboldt's ideals and pursues the vision of a cosmopolitan campus family.

Technische Universität Ilmenau is holder of the „TOTAL E-Quality“ distinction and emphasizes gender equality.

Severely disabled applicants with essentially identical professional suitability will be preferentially selected.

Technische Universität Ilmenau offers flexible working time models.

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